Q: If I’m put on unpaid suspension, can my boss make me work my next scheduled shift, then start my suspension?
I am an hourly employee in the state of Pennsylvania. I was told I was suspended on a Wednesday or Thursday, and that I needed to work my Saturday shift, then my suspension starts Sunday.
A: If it's your normal shift they are "unsuspending" you so yes, you would have to work that shift.
A: While it seems unusual to work another shift after the decision has been made to suspend an employee, it doesn’t seem unreasonable. If possible, check with your human resources department to see what the policies are for suspensions (does the suspension period start on the day the decision is handed down, or after the last shift is worked?). Just make sure that you are paid for the shift they ask you to work before your suspension begins. If they are asking you to work without pay, contact an employment lawyer for a consultation.
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